• Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

New York Governor Cuomo faces growing pressure to resign

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

There is growing pressure on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign as he faces allegations from three women, who say he sexually harassed them. Jericka Duncan reports.

Video Transcript

NORA O'DONNELL: There is growing pressure on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign after a third woman came forward alleging inappropriate conduct. Cuomo himself is keeping a low profile in stark contrast to his daily briefings during the early days of the pandemic. CBS's Jericka Duncan reports tonight from Albany, New York.

JERICKA DUNCAN: Tonight, facing three accusations of sexual harassment, Governor Andrew Cuomo was out of sight. But top Democrats in Washington couldn't avoid the topic at the White House--

JEN PSAKI: Every woman coming forward should be heard, should be treated with dignity, and treated with respect.

JERICKA DUNCAN: --or on Capitol Hill. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the allegations serious but stopped short of saying the governor of his state should resign.

CHUCK SCHUMER: The allegations that have been made by Ms. Rush and Ms. Boylan and Ms. Bennett are serious, very troubling. These women have to be listened to.

JERICKA DUNCAN: The third accuser, 33-year-old Anna Ruch, told "The New York Times" after meeting Cuomo for the first time at a wedding in 2019, she says he put his hand on her bare lower back. She says she removed his hand. The next moment seen here is when the governor put his hands on her cheeks and asked if he could kiss her. Cuomo has not directly responded to the latest allegation. In a previous statement he said that he never inappropriately propositioned anyone. Rather, his comments were attempts at being playful and apologized to anyone who misinterpreted his actions.

The two former Cuomo staffers Lindsay Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, who have also leveled sexual harassment allegations against the governor, both tweeted their support of Ruch. Boylan writing, "I feel nauseous thinking about Anna's experience. Charlotte and I are with you, Anna."

While the governor has denied the sexual harassment against these women, there are continuing growing calls for him to leave this mansion and step down. So far, only one member of the New York Congressional Delegation is calling for Cuomo to resign. That person is Representative Kathleen Rice, Nora?

NORA O'DONNELL: Jericka Duncan, thank you.